Ballyalton, County Down
Ir. Baile Alltáin ‘townland of the streamlet/little glen/hillock’
Roughly half of this townland is in the parish of Newtownards and half in the parish of Comber. The word alltán can mean one of three things: a streamlet; a little glen, a hillock. Exactly which meaning is intended here is difficult to say. In an unpublished lecture, the late Deirdre Flanagan derived the second element of Ballyalton in the parish of Ballee, Co. Down from the Anglo-Norman personal name Alton which gave rise to the surname Dalton. This derivation, however, is not compatible with the historical forms for the townland of Ballyalton in Comber/Newtownards (see PNI ii 218).
ReferencesHannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 218
split townland; other portion in Newtownards parish.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Ballyalton, Adam Montgomery of
|1613||CPR Jas I 254b|
Bally-Alton in the parish of Comber in the lower Clandeboy, the two towns or townlands of Ballyhenrie and
|1613 (deed of 1610)||CPR Jas I 255a|
Baile Uí Altáin ""O''Halton''s town""
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) E 19|
Baile Ui Altáin ""O''Halton''s town""
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) E 32|
|1605||CPR Jas I 73a|
|1605||Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I|
|1650c||Inq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I|
Ballymolton als Ballyalton
|1675||Montgomery MSS 268 n.35|
|1679||Montgomery MSS 268 n.37|
|1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E 32|
|Ballyalton||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19|
|1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 32|
|Ballyalton||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19|
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